CoT: Benghazi, Weakness, Force, Power & the Due Right of Having Died in the War on Terror



May 11, 2014 – Political satirist Culture of Truth bases The Bobblespeak Translations on Meet the Press and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Using show transcripts, he creates the 'most ridiculous moment' for Virtually Speaking Sundays.

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In a strong show of support, this week NBC preempted David Gregory's Meet the Press for English football or, as it known in America, that boring sport played by socialists, communists, and terrorists. I was forced to sit through a reminder of why I never usually sit through the panel of ABC's This Week.

Taken from transcriptions of this week's Bobblespeak Translations

Taken from transcriptions of this week's Bobblespeak Translations

Host Martha Raddatz was informed that today voters in eastern Ukraine will likely vote for independence, although the question is ambiguous, people may vote more than once, and there are armed men on the streets. Terry Moran reported from Moscow that Putin is very popular, and “Last night he even hit the ice in an exhibition hockey game and he scored six goals.”

Jon Karl interviewed Marco Rubio, who confirmed that he is probably running for President, although Karl noted he now polls below famous racist Donald Trump.

Karl asked him:

“Do you think you're ready to be president?”

“But you think you're ready?”

“You think you're qualified?”

“You think you have the experience to be president, if you make that decision?”

Rubio said, I do, “I mean – I'll be 43 this month.”


Rubio is pivoting away from immigration reform and is now focused on Benghazi, accusing the administration of misleading the families of the victims, and saying “I would prefer that we  focus not on the fundraising elements or the political elements of it.”

Karl noted that Florida is threatened by climate change, but Rubio isn't buying any of that climate change flim-flam, saying “I don't agree with the notion that some are putting out there, including scientists, that somehow there are actions we can take today that would have an impact on what's happening in our climate,” and “I don't know of any era in world history where the climate has been stable. Climate is always evolving, and natural disasters have always existed.”

To a dumbfounded Karl, he confirmed that rejects the scientific snake oil, saying “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it,” also, “I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it. Except it will destroy our economy.”


Raddatz interviewed Richard Clarke who says he knows that because of Edward Snowden we may not be able to prevent the next embassy attack, then pushed his novel about terrorists attacking Americans with drones, freaking Martha Raddatz out even more.

And it doesn't take much, since Raddatz, like her fellow host David Gregory, is eager for another war and is obsessed with American “weakness.”

To Chuck Hagel, on Nigeria, she asked “one of the things people keep saying is, why wouldn't U.S. Special operators go in and try to find the girls?” and “Should Russia be considered an enemy?” Hagel replied “I think that's a little simplistic."


She also asked him why General Shinseki didn't foresee back in 2001, the Veterans Administration would have a backlog in 2014, and asked Hagel “Do you feel confident that our drones, guided weapons, warships, will not be hacked?” which just happens to be the plot of the current season of the TV show “24”


Pivoting to the panel, after the required segment discussing Monica Lewinsky, in which Bill Kristol defended his theory that team Hillary met with Vanity Fair Editors and forced them to publish an essay from Monica so Hillary will be elected President two and half years from now, Raddatz wanted to talk Hillary and Benghazi.

Rep. Kinzinger blamed Hillary Clinton for all the wars going on all around the world, while Donna Brazile wanted to talk about improving embassy security, but Raddatz interrupted her, saying “I want to stay with Hillary on this for a moment,” and quote “no one has really been held accountable in a larger way.”

Kinzinger said that when he was in the military he was told F-16s will always be ready to bomb terrorists outside a consulate and that by blaming a protests over a video, Obama cheapened the deaths of four Americans, because that quote “did not give them their due right of having died in the war on terror.”


But the most absurd moment came when Raddatz complained to Chuck Hagel that America hasn't started more wars lately.

Raddatz referenced “all the heat President Obama has been taking over his foreign policy choices, even this from the usually friendly "New York Times" editorial page. "The perception of weakness, dithering, inaction, there are many names for it, has indisputably had -- a negative effect on Mr. Obama's global standing."


Raddatz told Hagel quote “ When I travel overseas, people say different things about America. They say it's not as forceful,” and to her panel asked “So Secretary Hagel actually says he has heard people say that America looks a little weaker, although he doesn't agree with them. Bill Kristol?”


Kristol was worked into a positive lather, saying that's “stunning”, and “Martha, there is a perception out there that we're too timid about using our power and that our power is eroding. And that's pretty appalling.”


Progressive Donna Brazile jumped in to call the red line in Syria “a dumb comment to make at a time when we should have showed more bold action."


Kristol claimed Obama and Clinton refused to put Boko Haram on the terror list for years, presumably out of timidity, and that under the Obama administration “the perception is out there that we are not serious about exercising power.”


So, when not obsessing over an attack on a consulate in Libya, in which four Americans were killed, while just now winding down two of the longest longest wars in American history; after over 2,300 Americans killed in Afghanistan, and over 4,400 Americans killed in Iraq; the same pundits and discredited neocons now say it's appalling that the US is too timid about using power; want to send to troops to Nigeria and Syria and Ukraine; complain that America is weak; and demand more bold action; and that the US needs to exercise power and be more forceful all around the world.


And that's the most ridiculous thing that happened this Sunday.